The Dallas Cowboys have entered into yet another crucial offseason in their quest to rid themselves of the mediocre label. But after nearly two decades of playing .500 football, the biggest question in the minds of many is just how do the Cowboys reverse this trend?
For one thing, there isn't a lack of talent on this roster as it stands today, but it's easy to conclude that the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts.
In the context of the 2013 season, the defense was most definitely the weakest link of this franchise.
The more troubling aspect of this offseason will be yet another round of financial constraints, impending contract restructurings and hard-pressed decisions surrounding some of the veterans who are not getting it done anymore.
So while we wait on the first answer to stepping out of mediocrity, part of the solution will entail Jerry and Stephen Jones doing some financial housekeeping. Heck, maybe a little urgency would go a long way here so that the Cowboys at least have a shot at adding a few free agents.
But, then again, this is Jerry's world, and he only has to answer to the man staring back at him. Free agency is probably the least favorable area to look at when addressing the Cowboys' needs, so the draft is a more likely source of logic and reason.
The deficiencies on defense immediately jump out at you when analyzing this club—failed eyeball tests corroborated by truly dreadful statistics make addressing that side of the ball a no-brainer.
But don't let this roster fool you. There are needs everywhere.
Let's take a look.